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buried lead

July 7th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

A former president's steamy affair with his neighbor's wife

Washington (CNN) – Long before computers or televisions existed, a man who would become a U.S. senator and then president started an affair with his neighbor's wife.

Even telephones were relatively new back then, so Warren Harding wrote Carrie Phillips smoldering love letters during their 15-year relationship that ended prior to his inauguration in 1921.

"I love you more than all the world, and have no hope of reward on Earth or hereafter, so precious as that in your dear arms, in your thrilling lips, in your matchless breasts, in your incomparable embrace," said a 1910 letter first revealed in the book "The Harding Affair" by James David Robenalt.

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politics lead

July 7th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Clinton explains defense in controversial rape case

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton pushed back at ongoing criticism of her providing legal defense decades ago to an accused rapist, explaining that she had asked not to be assigned to the case but ultimately had a responsibility to represent her client.

In 1975, Clinton, a 27-year-old attorney, was appointed by a judge to represent Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old man accused of raping a young girl, for free while working at the legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas.

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money lead

July 7th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

New American corporate trend shorting Uncle Sam?

(CNN) – American companies doing everything within their power to pay the U.S. government less money is a time-honored tradition.

The latest trend all the corporations are doing is something called inversion.
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national lead

July 7th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Congressman denied access to camp housing undocumented immigrant kids

(CNN) – Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, was turned away from Fort Sill, which is being used as a temporary facility to house about 1,000 undocumented children.

Bridenstine notified Health and Human Services ahead of time that he planned to visit this facility, although they did not say they would let him in.

"We went over to the facility where the children are being housed. It looks just like a military barracks, it's got a chain link fence, though, all around it now ... obscured with cloth all the way around it so you can't see in or out," Bridenstine said.
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world lead

July 7th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Vatican spokesman: Pope promises true accountability on sex abuse scandal

(CNN) – Pope Francis begged for forgiveness and promised accountability in the sprawling sex scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church all across the globe, and across generations.
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